Liam Kelly is a native of Sligo and a founding member of the band Dervish.
He began playing traditional Irish music at a very young age, born into a musical family.
He started on the accordion but later switched to the whistle and in turn the flute, mainly learning from local player Carmel Gunning.
He is a veteran of many competitions, where he met Shane Mitchell.
This friendship lead to Poitin, a traditional group they formed while still at school.